Apple is set to pay out between $310 million and $500 million to millions of iPhone owners whose older devices experienced slowdowns after software updates. The settlement stems from a class-action lawsuit against Apple in 2017 over a “battery gate.” While the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing, it compensates affected users for the software throttling that intentionally slowed down their devices’ performance. Here’s what you need to know about the settlement.
The issue at the heart of the settlement, referred to as “battery gate,” pertains to software updates provided by Apple for older iPhone models with low-capacity batteries that degraded over time. These updates purposefully reduced the devices’ performance to avoid sudden shutdowns by worn-out batteries during high demand.
Eligible Users and Compensation
A settlement payment may be available to owners of specific iPhone models, including the 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus. To be eligible, the devices must have been running specific iOS versions before December 21, 2017. Users who filed claims before the October 6, 2020, deadline may be eligible for compensation.
The amount of compensation per eligible user is estimated to be around $65, but the final payout will depend on the number of approved claims. Fewer claims mean larger payouts for each claimant. Approximately 3.3 million iPhone users submitted claims before the deadline, which could result in each receiving around $128 before any deductions.
Distribution of Settlement Checks
While the exact timeline for the distribution of settlement checks remains unclear, eligible users are expected to receive compensation at some point. Neither Apple nor the lawyers representing Apple customers have provided specific details regarding the timing.
Duration of Settlement Process
Class-action lawsuits, such as the “batterygate” case, typically take a couple of years to be resolved, sometimes longer if court rulings are appealed. Court procedures and the appeals process have contributed to the extended timeline for the battery gate class-action lawsuit, resulting in a delay in claimants receiving their settlement money.
The forthcoming settlement by Apple marks a resolution to the “battery gate” issue, where iPhone owners experienced performance slowdowns due to software updates. While the settlement does not admit wrongdoing, it allows eligible users to receive compensation for the inconvenience caused by the intentional throttling of their devices. Users who file claims and meet the eligibility criteria may receive payouts ranging from around $65 to $128, depending on the number of approved claims. The settlement emphasizes the importance of transparency and fair treatment of consumers in the technology industry.